Sebnem Susam-Saraeva


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Prof Susam-Saraeva is available to supervise PhD projects in several areas within translation studies, but especially on translation and music, translation and health, non-professionals translating and interpreting, translation and gender, and translation and environment.

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Personal profile


  • BA in Translation and Interpreting (University of Boğaziçi, Istanbul, Turkey)
  • MA in Translation Studies (University of Warwick, UK)
  • PhD in Comparative Literature (University College London, UK)
  • Freelance literary and technical translator.
  • Research fellow and part-time lecturer at the MonAKO Multilingual Communication Programme and Christina Institute for Women's Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland.
  • Part-time lecturer at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
  • Since 2003, lecturer at the university of Edinburgh, affiliated with Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

Research Interests

Prof Susam-Saraeva's research interests have included:

  • Gender and translation
  • Retranslation
  • Translation of literary and cultural theories
  • Research methodology in translation studies
  • Internationalizing translation studies
  • Translation and popular music
  • Non-professionals translating and interpreting 

 She is currently working on:

  • Translation and (maternal) health
  • Translation and environment
  • Translation and interspecies communication


Prof Susam-Saraeva has been teaching mainly at postgraduate level translation studies courses (e.g. Translation Studies 1, Translation Studies 2, Research in Translation Studies, Portfolio of Written Translation Exercises 1 and 2, Translation and Creativity, Gender and Translation). She specializes in a variety of socio-cultural approaches to translation.

Research students

Completed PhD supervision

  • 2023 Yijia Dong: Reconstructing the Female Subject: the English Translation of contemporary Chinese women’s writing in the 21st century
  • 2023 Hanyu Wang: Seeking the Others and the Self: Reception of the Fansubbed The L Word by Queer Women in China
  • 2023 Grey Micah: English Translations of Gender Nonconformity in Shojo Manga and Anime: A Trans-Queer Materialist Feminist Analysis.
  • 2020 Eva Spisiakova: The master-mistress of Shakespeare's passion: Post-communist struggle with homoerotic subtext in Sonnet translations
  • 2016 Bibiana Kan: Translation of Novels by English Female Writers in China, 1935-1949
  • 2015 Lingli Xie:Blurred Boundaries between Translation and Rewriting Lyrics: A Study of Song Translation Activities in China
  • 2015 James Kelly: Toward a Deleuzean Theory of Translation: A Translation of and Commentary on A fuego eterno condenados
  • 2014. Elisabeth Möckli: Reporting Goebbels in Translation:  A Study of Text and Context
  • 2011. Chung-yan Kong: Travel Website Translation as a Means of Promoting China
  • 2009. Kate November: Translation and National Identity - A Case Study Based on the Multilingual Situation of Mauritius and its Reception of Mauritian Creole Translations of Shakespeare and Molière
  • 2009. Iraklis Pantopoulos: The Stylistic Identity of the Metapoet: A Corpus-based Comparative Analysis Using Translations of Modern Greek Poetry
  • 2008. Fuzi Elmallah: Cross-cultural/Linguistic Translation of the Figurative Language of the Quran
  • 2006. Chen, Ya-mei: Reconstruction of Ideology-related Norms in News Trans-editing

External positions

Member of Editorial Board, Brill Approaches to Translation Studies

2017 → …

Steering Committee Member, ARTIS (Advancing Research in Translation and Interpreting Studies)

2014 → …

Member of International Advisory Board, Translation Studies journal (Routledge)

2013 → …

Co-vice president, International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS)


College Research Themes

  • Health and Wellbeing


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